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Safety Issues

Watch this page for updated safety issues. For safety concerns – or if you have any safety ideas – please contact our Safety Director.

Your child must wear shin guards to all games and practices.

If your child does not have shin guards, he/she will NOT be allowed to practice or play. Make sure your child(ren) have shin guards EVERY night they come to play. Or they will NOT play.

No baseball or football cleats are allowed.

Wearing football or baseball cleats to play soccer is very dangerous to the other players. Here’s why: Football and baseball cleats have a spike in the middle of the front of the cleat – right where the shoe will hit another player’s shin. Soccer cleats have two spikes on either side of the front of the cleat (like a gap-toothed smile). This is safer for soccer playing. There are other differences as well, but this is the easiest way to tell.

While we encourage you to provide soccer cleats for your children, we do not require it. They can wear gym shoes instead. However, they will not be allowed to play with football or baseball cleats.

If you are unsure about your child(ren)’s cleats, please ask your coach or any referee for assistance.

No visible jewelry of any kind is allowed.

It is against the rules of soccer. It is also unsafe.

While it is the player’s responsibility (meaning their parents) to come to the field without any visible jewelry, we ask our coaches and referees to enforce this rule on the field. This is why a coach or a referee might ask your child to remove any/all of the following:

  • earings
  • hair beads or accessories
  • hair clips
  • necklaces
  • rings
  • watches

Sometimes a coach or a referee will forget to enforce this rule, but that doesn’t mean he or she is being selective. It is more likely that he or she did not notice the jewelry or is focused on other aspects of the game.

So… please try to make sure your children arrive without jewelry or hair clips. It’s safer. Plus, there is a chance that the jewelry will get lost on the field.

Water, water, everywhere.

Part of being prepared to play soccer, includes having a water bottle. It gets hot out there and your child needs to remain hydrated.

Plus, if you have been assigned Goal & Water night (formerly called ‘snack night’), please bring water (either in small bottles or a cooler with cups) so the players have plenty to drink. Also, please try to bring lots of ice.

How to Handle Injuries and Insurance Claims.

 The coach should have an ‘Incident Report’ form in his folder. (If not, ask at the locker and we will supply one.) The coach should contact a board member immediately, who will find our Safety Director.

Important: the ‘Incident Report’ form needs to be completed as soon as the incident occurs. Generally the Safety Director or Regional Commissioner will complete the form.

As far as insurance claims go, the parent of the child involved (or the parent him/herself if it is an injury to a registered volunteer) needs to complete and return the Insurance Claims form WITHIN 90 DAYS of the incident.

You can download the form here (a pdf copy). 

Concussion Form

AYSO has partnered with the Center for Disease Control to use the “Heads Up” Concussion training tools in order to ensure the safety of all our participants.  Complete details can be found here.

Also, please review and sign the concussion handout form.  You will receive a copy attached to your registration confirmation email after you have completed the online registration.  Please print and bring with you to physical registration.